The draft of the Cinematograph Bill 2010 has incorporated features that will substantially change the scenario of the Indian film industry and its certification process.
"The draft cinematograph bill is very comprehensive. The changes being proposed are substantial and will change the face of the Indian film industry and its certification process," top government sources have told HT.
"Three broad features that are being proposed in the new bill are: an emphasis to contemporarize issues, incorporation of technological changes which have vastly changed since 1952 when the Cinematograph Act was enacted, and much more harsher penalties in cases of copyright violations," the source added.
The draft after being considered in detail and passed by the ministries of finance, home, women and child development and health, is now with the law ministry, and is expected to be tabled in the upcoming Monsoon session of parliament.
"All said and done, the bill should become an act and be up and working in about nine months time," the official said.
Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Leela Samson has also emphasized on a change from film certification to a classification process that would enable filmmakers to reach out to a target audience group which would make films more contemporary and suited to today's trends.
"By moving our focus from certification to classification, we could aim to provide the filmmaking fraternity with the tools to reach out to their target consumer," Samson said.
The envisaged changes will lead to films being certified according to content so that it is viewed by different age groups or under parental guidance for those age groups rather than censoring, cutting scenes or deleting certain scenes.
CBFC is also looking at introducing a new fee structure for documentary films and guidelines which are different from feature films. As part of the changes, even the CBFC logo and the censor certificate are being redesigned by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
Changes in the present Cinematograph Act 1952 have been in the offing for the last nine years with successive CBFC chairpersons suggesting an overhaul of the Act.